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Spotlight Cinema: To the Ends of the Earth
February 17 @ 7:00 pm - February 24 @ 6:00 pm
In Uzbekistan, the crew for a Japanese travel show is running out of ideas for material to shoot. The host, Yoko, does her best to maintain her peppy persona when the cameras are rolling, but is losing her direction behind the scenes. Clutching her map, Yoko wanders the streets, markets, and monuments of Samarkand and Tashkent, searching for meaning in an unfamiliar landscape.
Best known for his atmospheric and prescient social horror films like Pulse and Cure, veteran director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s best and most fully-formed film in years finds absurdity, fear, and catharsis in a woman’s breakdown. In her fourth collaboration with the director, former J-pop superstar Atsuko Maeda excels as the moving center of the film, bringing us into Yoko’s internal journey from unmooring to transcendence.
Hailed as “terrific… one of the most moving films Kurosawa has ever made” by the The AV Club, To the Ends of the Earth has appeared on Best-of-Year lists in that publication, as well as Artforum, The Film Stage, and Slant.
Watch a short introduction to the film by Spotlight Cinema curator Mike King: